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Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre presents The Outsiders, streaming through Feb 28

Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre presents The Outsiders by Christopher Sergel, based on the novel by S.E. Hinton. The show will stream through February 28 via The Outsiders is produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Ill.

Based on S.E. Hinton’s high school experience in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1965, The Outsiders has been one of the most popular books among teens and preteens since it came out in 1967. 

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Cast member Joe Spano

Hinton’s gritty coming-of-age story follows the “Greasers,”  narrator Ponyboy Curtis and his friends,  as they navigate teenage angst and class warfare in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

In this coming-of-age story, Ponyboy struggles with right and wrong in a society in which he believes that he is an outsider. “As he steps out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house,” a series of events unfold that prove to Ponyboy the hardships that Greasers and their rivals, the “Socs,” face may take different forms, but that the members of both groups – and youths everywhere – must inevitably come to terms with fear, love, and sorrow.

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Cast member JoBeth Williams

“Few books capture the heart and soul of the American teenager like The Outsiders,” states Director of Education and Outreach Dylan Russell. “We are thrilled to offer a virtual production of this powerful story. It is an incredible novel that speaks to teenagers who are fighting for belonging in their lives and acceptance through their families – either blood or chosen. It also illuminates the ways socioeconomic disparity drives community and family violence. 

“Unfortunately, these themes remain present 50 years later, which is why it is so important to present this work today. We present this show with a Panel Discussion featuring community leaders and teens discussing the reasons why these themes continue and how to take steps towards positive change through awareness and action.”

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Cast member Aron Farkas

The Outsiders is directed by Tamiko Washington, with Media Design by Tyler Reid Scrivner, Costume Design by Becca Michelle, Sound Design & Editing by Kate Wecker, and Video Editing by Jesús López Vargas. The Production Stage Manager is Jessica Keasberry-Vnuk. 

The cast is Caitlin “Birdie” Basham (Cherry); El Colover (Mrs. O’Briant/Doctor); Aron Farkas (Johnny); Caroline Field (Marcia); Finn Quinn Flanagan (Bob); Sophia Gabal (Jerry/Nurse); Charlie Grace Goubran (Ensemble); Christopher Hoile (Darry); Robert “Bobby” Houston (Randy); Grant Hughes (Sodapop); Carson Kubelun (Two-Bit); Elijah Lopez (Ponyboy); Charlie Massey (Mr. Syme / Paul); Maris Morgan (Ensemble); Sarina O’Neill (Sandy); and Aidan Russell (Dallas). 

Tickets are $20 (full price) and are available at

Through a special partnership with the County of Orange County, a limited number of tickets for audience members aged 16-24 are free. Visit for more details. 

The online production of The Outsiders will be made available for on-demand streaming from noon on Friday, Feb 26 through Sunday, Feb 28 at 10 p.m. through

Laguna Art Museum presents One Hour/One Painting on Thursday

This Thursday (February 25) at 6 p.m., author and critic Peter Clothier invites the public to spend an hour virtually with a single painting from the exhibition Wayne Thiebaud: Clowns.

Peter Clothier is an internationally-known writer who specializes in writing about art and artists. He believes in avoiding the jargon that obscures much current writing about art, and in writing simply, clearly, in language that the lay person can readily understand. 

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Author Peter Clothier 

Clothier seeks to achieve a harmony of mind, heart, and body in his work, and looks for this quality in the artists he writes about. A reformed academic, now fifteen years in recovery, he has returned in recent years to teaching, in mostly non-traditional ways: in workshops, continuing groups, and individual coaching and mentoring for artists and writers.

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Laguna Beach Live! and Susi Q present Live! at the Q virtually on Thursday

Laguna Beach Live! is partnering with the Susi Q Senior Center to present special virtual performances of rising stars in chamber music. The series, Live! at the Q, is a monthly Zoom concert offered free to all interested persons. 

This month’s concert is on Thursday, Feb 25 from 4 to 5 p.m. with violinists Matthew Yee and Zara Amendt. Registration is required through the Susi Q.

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Brandon Chen performs at the October Live! at the Q

Zara Amendt is a freshman at Mater Dei High School, and studies viola with Michelle Gasworth. In the past three years, she was in the Santiago Strings Youth Orchestra and served as the principal violist for multiple concerts. In her first year with Chamber Music | OC’s Pre-College Program, Zara is looking forward to participating in the upcoming master classes and immersing herself in her assigned chamber ensemble.

Matthew Yee has performed as soloist in major venues nationwide including at Chicago Symphony Center, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and Soka Performing Arts Center. He was a prizewinner at numerous competitions including the American String Teachers Association, John Walker Competition, and Redlands Bowl. Matthew served as Associate Concertmaster of the Orange County Youth Symphony and has performed with the Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra, Southern California School Band, and Orchestra Association.

Both musicians are part of Chamber Music | OC’s Pre-College Program and they will play selected works by Bach, Paganini, Stamitz, and Novacek. 

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LAM’s California Cool Art Auction grosses over $460K to support exhibitions and education programs

On Saturday, Feb 6, Laguna Art Museum’s California Cool Art Auction sales totaled over $440,000. With an additional $20,000 in sponsorships, the event raised over $240,000 in net unrestricted income in support of the museum’s exhibitions and education programs. 

The museum’s 39th annual benefit auction took place entirely online, with bidding conducted via Artsy, and special virtual content from the museum during the extended online preview month.

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Installation view, California Cool Art Auction 2021

Thanks to the museum’s long-standing relationships with California artists and galleries, and their generosity in supporting the institution, Art Auction 2021 included 125 highly desirable works by both established and emerging artists. From January 11 to February 6, the museum shared content on its website and social media channels, including a preview with former director Dr. Malcolm Warner, a tour with art historian Dr. Julia Friedman, and a special bidding update from Aaron Bastian of Bonhams.

More than 100 art collectors won bids in the online auction, originating from seven countries outside of the U.S. and from nine states outside of California. Twenty-four buyers are local to Laguna Beach, including some who won multiple bids. With sale prices ranging from $300 to $42,000, twenty percent of the works sold above estimate.

Sponsors, Benefactors, and Host Committee members gave critical philanthropic support to the event, and contributions were also made to an online Make-a-Difference campaign for unrestricted funds to support the museum’s operating costs, exhibitions, and education programs.

LAM's California Horizons

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Tracey Sylvester Harris,Horizons (detail),” 2020

Featured Artists include: Lita Albuquerque; Daniel Angeles; Charles Arnoldi; Natalie Arnoldi; Ken Auster; Eddie Barbini; Marlo Bartels; Mark Beck; Paul Béliveau; Kelly Berg; Maria Bertrán; Paul Binnie; John Botz; Morris Broderson; Mildred Bryant Brooks; Laurie Brown; Lyn Burke; Sandra Jones Campbell; Mark Chamberlain; Mindy Cherri; Alex Couwenberg; Kimerlee Curyl; Stacy D’Aguiar; Paul Darrow; Deborah Davidson; Laddie John Dill; Jorg Dubin; Heidi Dobrott; Julie Easton; David Eddington; Cheryl Ekstrom; Ned Evans; Paulden Evans; Baldemar Fierro; Kaori Fukuyama; Jacques Garnier; Gianne de Genevraye; Eric Gerdau; Jimi Gleason; James Gobel; Joe Goode; Kristina Grace; Rudolf Grossman; Kenny Harris; Tracey Sylvester Harris; Danny Heller
George; Scot Heywood; Chris Hite; Nicholas Hunt; Kelsey Irvin; Kathy Jones; Jeff Juhlin; Catherine Kaleel and Aaron Berg; Sherry Karver; G. Ray Kerciu; Jeremy Kidd; Mary-Austin Klein; Peter Krasnow; David Krovblit; Roger Kuntz

Tom Lamb; Charles Levier; Kristin Leachman; Dave Lefner; Kim MacConnel; Victoria Macmillan; Adam Mars; Claudia Marseille; John Mason; Jay D. McCafferty; Danny McCaw; Dan McCleary; Elizabeth McGhee; Scott McMillin; Pierce Meehan; Yevgeniya Mikhailik; David Milton; Geoff Mitchell; Mia Moore; Lena Moross; Andy Moses; Gwynn Murrill; Kenton Nelson; Glenn Ness; Michael Obermeyer; Fabia Panjarian; Kenton Parker; David Allan Peters; Jeff Peters; Snezana Petrovic; Astrid Preston; Bret Price; Gregory Price; Robert Redding; Gregg Renfrow; Richard Reiner; Chris Richter; Matthew Rolston; Jerry Rothman; Ed Ruscha; Brittany Ryan; Carol Saindon; Bradford Salamon; Carmen Salazar and Caleb Siemon; Marco Sassone; Daniela Schweitzer; Jeff Sewell; Adam Silverman; Gerard Basil Stripling; Robert Szot; Don Suggs; Cecil Touchon; Clay Vorhes; Stephanie Weber; Roger Weik; Andrea Welton; Kirsten Whalen; Andy Wing; Joy Wolf; William Wray; and Scott Yeskel.

Laguna Art Museum is the museum of California art. It collects, cares for, and exhibits works of art that were created by California artists or represent the life and history of the state. Through its permanent collection, its special loan exhibitions, its educational programs, and its library and archive, the museum enhances the public’s knowledge and appreciation of California art of all periods and styles and encourages art-historical scholarship in this field. 

Laguna Art Museum is proud to continue the tradition of the Laguna Beach Art Association, founded in 1918 by the early California artists who fostered a vibrant arts community. The gallery that the association built in 1929 is part of today’s Laguna Art Museum.

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Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.

FOA’s next “Concerts on the Screen” features Buzz Campbell and Hot Rod Lincoln on Feb 26

The Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach in partnership with Yamaha is pleased to announce its next “Concerts on the Screen” performance will showcase master of rockabilly, roots country, blues, and roots rock styles Buzz Campbell and Hot Rod Lincoln. 

Anticipated to be a rockin’ night for the monthly entertainment series, viewers can tune in to catch the pre-recorded performance on Friday, Feb 26 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per household for the general public and free with registration for Festival members. 

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FOA presents Buzz Campbell and Hot Rod Lincoln on Feb 26

“Buzz Campbell’s performance in 2019 on the Festival grounds received rave reviews for their fantastic musicianship,” said Susan Davis, Director of Special Events at Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach. “We are excited to be able to bring another Festival favorite into the homes of our fans and patrons.”

Best known as the rockabilly lead guitarist for Lee Rocker (Stray Cats), Sha Na Na, and Hot Rod Lincoln, Buzz Campbell’s guitar work can be heard all over Lee Rocker’s recordings of the past decade. Touring regularly with Rocker’s live band across the globe, Buzz is an accomplished songwriter, and he penned the track “Crazy When She Drinks” for Rocker’s Black Cat Bone album.

Throughout his career, Buzz has performed with or shared the stage with legendary artists such as Chuck Berry, Willie Nelson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Brian Setzer, Little Richard, Chris Isaak, and Bo Diddley, among others. 

The virtual “Concerts on the Screen” series is presented in partnership with Yamaha and allows fans the opportunity to enjoy their favorite summer Fine Arts Show performances from the comfort of home. 

Upcoming Festival of Arts “Concerts on the Screen” Monthly Series Schedule:

--February 26 - Buzz Campbell and Hod Rod Lincoln

--March 19 - Billy Valentine

--April 23 - Brian Bromberg’s Big Bombastic Band

To register and purchase tickets, visit Pre-registration is required.

To stay up to date on all things Pageant of the Masters and Fine Arts Show visit or follow @FestivalPageant on social media. To support the Festival of Arts, visit

Lunar Tides, a new Art in Public Places installation by local artists, graces Heisler Park


Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Funded by donations from John W. Wolf and the City of Laguna Beach, Heisler Park now has another beautiful creation by local artists Scott and Naomi Schoenherr. Lunar Tides occupies the stage floor at the amphitheater.

Other public city-funded Art in Public Places installations at Heisler Park by the Schoenherrs include: Little Treasures, Time Connected, Continuous Rotation, Tidal Pull, and The Divers.

Their projects range from public art, private commissions, to one-of-a-kind artworks.

Explaining their inspiration for Lunar Tides, Naomi says, “We’ve always been interested in nature’s cycles as a theme for our artwork. It’s about how we observe the cycles of nature and our relationship to them.”

They chose the name Lunar Tides because, “The moon affects the tide, and the ocean creatures are affected too. It’s all a part of nature’s cycle,” she says.

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“Lunar Tides” was funded by donations from John W. Wolf and the City of Laguna Beach

The Schoenherrs have exhibited at both the Sawdust Festival and the Festival of the Arts. FOA visitors may remember their Commuter exhibit, a series of hand-sculpted ceramic artworks with a wonderfully playful outlook on people’s characters and their cars. 

The Commuter series was born after observing the lives in Southern California where the automobile was a necessity and also an extension of people’s personalities. 

Scott and Naomi are both graduates of Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design (now Otis College of Art and Design) in Los Angeles. They have been working together for the past 30 years and have created a strong team with a multi-influenced sense of design, combining each other’s ideas and aesthetics.

Naomi, 54, was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, and also studied in Amsterdam while still in high school. To broaden her cultural experience further, she came to the U.S. in 1985 to study architecture but switched to fine art and ceramics. “The switch came easily since I’ve always been interested in fine art,” said Naomi, who graduated from Otis in 1989.

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“Lunar Tides” and “Breaching Whale” by Jon Seeman

Scott, 59, was born in Anaheim and grew up in Corona before moving to Laguna Beach in the 70s. Art became his passion at an early age. He traveled extensively and developed an interest toward other cultures and their arts while reflecting on his own. He graduated from Otis in 1990 and has exhibited his ceramics throughout the United States. 

They have a multimedia art studio, with projects ranging from site-specific public art installations to sculpture and custom artworks for residential as well as commercial applications. After graduating, they started working together on art projects, bringing together each other’s ideas and aesthetics. 

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The cycles of nature are reflected in “Lunar Tides”

“We believe strongly in the importance of well-executed artworks that engage and connect with the audience at many levels. Further, we work individually, which we find necessary and essential to keep our ideas fresh and exciting. Our work has been exhibited and collected all over the world. Our studio and home is located in a quaint canyon setting in Laguna Beach. We live with our hens and dog, Milo”

Once the Heisler Park concerts resume at the amphitheater, this will be a wonderful setting for the musicians. In the meantime, stroll by and marvel at the beauty of Lunar Tides.

“We wanted to make it a piece that would complement the environment but not overwhelm it,” says Naomi. “We paid attention to the color and composition so that it would fit in and anchor the coast. We feel it’s a nice addition.”

Lunar Tides joins their other artwork at Heisler Park – as another  magnificent reflection of nature and all its wonder.

A visual dedication will be held on Thursday, Feb 25, at 4:30 p.m. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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JoAnne Artman Gallery presents Yes, Masters II: A MANthology

A marker of a great work of art is its timelessness. JoAnne Artman Gallery proudly presents Yes, Masters II: A MANthology, an exhibition of recent works by Danny Galieote, Greg Miller, and Michael Callas, which pays homage to the past by putting a present-day spin on age-old masterpieces. The exhibition opened on Monday, Feb 15.

A departure from their typical styles and subjects, each artist created works specifically for this exhibition. Daring to assume a different artistic paradigm that combines 20th century attitude with traditional European sensibility, the culmination is a shared dialogue challenging conventional narratives in art with expressive color and a focus on figuration. 

Playful and satirical, these contemporary adaptations of art history merge the classical with the commodification of art in pop culture and mass media, all while bringing Old Masters into a new world. 

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Danny Galieote, “Freedom of Speech,” Edition 1 of 10, giclee on archival acid-free rag paper, 46 x 38 inches, framed

Drawn from the term “Old Masters,” the title refers to such prolific artists as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Rembrandt. Derived and abstracted from Old Masters paintings and ideologies, Galieote, Miller, and Callas deconstruct pictorial language and artistic agency through investigating the ways in which their masculinity, identity, and individualism are embedded in both the significance and composition of each work.

Using art history as a stepping-stone for newfound interpretations through the lens of pop subjectivity, these artists acknowledge the legacies of their predecessors in their modern and spirited anthologies.

A California native, Galieote began his art career in Disney animation studios. A top animator for films such as The Lion King and Tarzan as a character artist, Galieote honed his skill at hand drawing and the human figure. Well versed in art history, his influences include Renaissance masters such as Michelangelo, Rubens, and the Mannerist Jacopo Pontormo, as well as American realist painter George Bellows and other AshCan artists. Incorporating whimsical elements with modern social concerns, Galieote imbues light-hearted imagery with deeper connotations, illuminating timeless truths of the dualities of human nature. 

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Greg Miller, “Les Demoiselles,” acrylic paint, spray paint, collage paper on panel, 36 x 36 inches

Steeped in the process of taking all aspects of culture, art, architecture, and images that surround him, Greg Miller combines his paintings with found elements to the surface of his canvases and panels. Addressing art history and the fleeting nature of cultural ephemera and collective memory, his selection of pieces are a foundation of our culture, and with the found collages added to the surface, each piece tells a story of past, present, and future.

With these new paintings, Miller redirects his penchant for depicting the human figure towards reimagined classics. Evoking a sense of history, as well as magic, the historical influences of his recent painted works transcend time. Rooted in Pop art, street art, graphic design, and his life in Southern California, Michael Callas’ paintings are done with spray paint and precise stencil work. Intricately produced through a rigorous process of drafting, mapping, and hand-cutting precise templates before being transposed onto canvas with aerosol paints, Callas creates a surface that is uniform and rich in color.

Remaining true to his practice, Callas meticulously maps out color planes of saturated hues and gray tones, crafting dimensionality and dramatic light sources on his subjects. Applying his distinct approach of working in aerosols to the traditional oil paintings of the Renaissance, Callas explores the famous character archetypes and narratives throughout art history.

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Michael Callas, “American Modern,” spray paint and stencil on canvas, 62.5 x 52 inches

These artists’ work will inspire, provoke, engage, and mesmerize. With visual perceptions always changing, peek behind the stories told and you’re sure to find the right artistic expression.

The exhibition runs through April 16. The art is on view by appointment at 326 N Coast Hwy. For more information, contact JoAnne Artman at (949) 510-5481, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit

LAM receives grant for next Pacific Standard Time

Laguna Art Museum has received a grant to prepare for the next edition of the region-wide arts initiative Pacific Standard Time, scheduled to open in 2024. 

Laguna Art Museum is one of 45 cultural, educational, and scientific institutions throughout Southern California to receive support from the Getty Foundation for its projects, all of which will explore the intersection of art and science. 

Pacific Standard Time will include dozens of simultaneous exhibitions and programs focused on the intertwined histories of art and science, past and present, that together address some of the most complex challenges of the 21st century – from climate change and environmental racism to the current pandemic and artificial intelligence – and the creative solutions these problems demand.

At Laguna Art Museum, Particles and Waves: Southern California Abstraction and Modern Physics, 1945 to 1980 will examine how concepts and technologies from subfields of modern physics impacted the development of abstract (or non-figurative) styles of artwork in postwar Southern California. 

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Claire Falkenstein, “Abstract,” 1945-46, oil on canvas, 48 x 39 inches,
Laguna Art Museum, Gift of Roy D. Miller and Jan McCoy Miller

Beginning in the 1920s and 1930s, scientists at institutions near Los Angeles including Mount Wilson Observatory, the California Institute for Technology, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena generated groundbreaking experimental research in astronomy and particle physics. 

During and after World War II, the region remained at the forefront of scientific inquiry in theoretical physics and its applications within aerospace engineering, industrial manufacturing, and communications technologies. Between 1945 and 1980, many artists in Los Angeles produced visually abstract artworks while closely engaging with scientific ideas, mathematical theories, and materials or processes derived from physics and engineering. 

Particles and Waves unites several generations of artists working in diverse materials and styles to examine how scientific advances in modern physics inspired a range of non-figurative artworks by practitioners concerned with light, energy, motion, and time.

“This exhibition offers an exciting opportunity to explore the interrelated histories of scientific research and artistic experimentation in Southern California,” says Sharrissa Iqbal, lead curator of the exhibition. “After World War II, a wide range of artists in and around Los Angeles produced visually abstract artworks concerned with scientific theories, mathematical models, and engineered technologies. By bringing together a vibrant intersection of non-figurative artworks influenced by modern physics, Particles and Waves will shed new light on the history of artistic abstraction in the region.»

Laguna Art Museum joins a diverse community of Southern California institutions that will present exhibitions, publications, performances, and public conversations and programs in 2024 as part of Pacific Standard Time.

“We applaud our partners for embracing remarkably diverse and imaginative approaches to this PST’s theme of art and science,” says Joan Weinstein, director of the Getty Foundation. “Beyond the inventiveness they are bringing to their individual research topics, they will build new community partnerships and engage the public in civic dialogues around pressing issues of our time. This will be a PST defined by creativity, curiosity, and community.”

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LAM presents this month’s virtual Film Night featuring The Price of Everything

On Thursday, Feb 18 at 6 p.m., Laguna Art Museum presents February’s virtual Film Night featuring The Price of Everything. With unprecedented access to pivotal artists, The Price of Everything dives deep into the labyrinth of the contemporary art world.

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LAM presents “The Price of Everything” virtually on Feb 18

The film examines the role of art and artistic passion in today’s money-driven, consumer-based society – where everything can be bought and sold. Featuring collectors, dealers, auctioneers, and a rich range of artists, including current market darlings Jeff Koons, Gerhard Richter, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, and one-time art star Larry Poons, the film exposes deep contradictions as it holds a mirror up to contemporary values and times, coaxing out the dynamics at play in pricing the priceless.

The Price of Everything takes its title from a quote from the Oscar Wilde play Lady Windermere’s Fan, delivered on screen by art collector Stefan Edlis: “There are a lot of people who know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”

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FOA Foundation now accepting 2021 grant applications

The FOA Foundation is pleased to announce that applications for 2021 Art Grants are now available. Nonprofit organizations with programs promoting fine arts in and about the City of Laguna Beach may apply. Grant applications are available online at and the submission deadline is March 5.

“The FOA Foundation is proud to be able to assist local nonprofit art organizations during these challenging times,” said FOA Foundation President Bob Earl. “We hope that these funds will help to continue the programs that educate our community on the importance of art and cultural experiences.” 

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Courtesy of LOCA Arts Education

LOCA brings art to Glennwood residents 

The Laguna Beach Festival of Arts Foundation (now named the FOA Foundation) was established in 1989 to preserve and promote the fine arts and all other artistic endeavors in and about the City of Laguna Beach.

For more information on the grant application process, contact Bob Earl at (949) 494-4132.

In 1989, the Festival of Arts with a $1.5 million donation established the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts Foundation, a California nonprofit public benefit corporation, in order to guarantee annual financial support for the arts in Laguna Beach. 

The FOA Foundation, co-founded by John Rayment and David Young, was designed to hold these funds in a permanent endowment. The earnings and income from this endowment would be distributed annually in the form of scholarships to graduates of Laguna Beach High School and as grants to nonprofit art organizations and educational institutions in and about the city of Laguna Beach. 

The FOA Foundation operates independently from the Festival of Arts. In 2007, the Festival of Arts assumed the financial responsibility of the art scholarships, enabling The FOA Foundation to focus on its grant program for local no-profit art organizations. 

The FOA Foundation is comprised of a board of trustees who oversees and administers the program including Bob Earl (president and treasurer), John Campbell (vice president), Jacquie Moffett (secretary), Kathy Jones (board member), Jeff Redeker (board member), and Kirsten Whalen (board member).

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